Finding a new fit
One of his most memorable plays came last season against Southern Columbia — a 99-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a pass from then senior quarterback Cam Cassels.
Even though the Tigers came back to win the game, Smith said, “That whole game will be a good memory even though we lost. It was one of the most fun games I’ve played in in my career.
“Cam and I made a handshake because of that play, that every time we see each other we will talk about that 99-yard pass. That will be a memory I have forever.”
His first-year head coach, Jeremy Winn, first saw Smith playing for Lewisburg while coaching against him as a member of the Bloomsburg staff.
“It was my first knowledge of him, watching him play, and then I heard a lot about him when I interviewed for the job (at Lewisburg) what a great kid he was,” Winn said.
”When I first got the job, I sat down and talked with him, assuring him that I was going to keep things familiar for him on offense and defense. As I evaluated personnel, we thought the best way to get him the ball in the wing-T offense was to put him at the fullback position,” he said.
Winn said they knew they could still move him around quite a bit and give him more scoring opportunities. “My belief has always been to try to get the ball into your best athlete’s hands as best as you can,” Winn said.
He sat down and talked with Smith about it and when he told him the plan, Smith was excited about it. “When I saw his excitement, I knew he would be comfortable with it and take it and run with it.”
Smith did just that. Through six games, he has rushed for 446 yards on 76 carries with six touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 286 yards and three scores, leading the Green Dragon in points with 54.
“I think he continues to get better. I think he was still feeling his way through the scrimmages the first couple of weeks, but we knew after he got through the scrimmages he had a chance to be pretty good. The more he has gotten the ball, the more comfortable he has felt.”